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25 Best Nintendo Switch games you can play right now

Best Nintendo Switch Games
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Our collection of the best Nintendo Switch games is where you want to be to get the skinny on the top titles for Ninty's latest console. There's something here for everyone, as the Nintendo Switch is uniquely positioned to offer something a little different, and more importantly, something for everyone. Nintendo's own titles, coupled with staggering support for independent developers and Switch ports, means that there are so many games to enjoy on Switch that it's becoming incredibly hard to whittle it down to just 25 best Nintendo Switch games. Plus, a look at the upcoming Switch games shows that there's still lots to come, but here are the absolute best games you should be playing on your Nintendo Switch right now. 

If you're looking to pick up the best Nintendo Switch bundle for you, and want to know which games you should get first, we've listed the best titles available on the switch in ascending order from 25 to the hallowed number one best Nintendo Switch game ever. 

25. Thumper

Thumper

Genre: Rhythm action
Price: $19.99 / £15.99

What is it? Self described as a 'rhythm violence' game, Thumper sees you hurtling down a track as a giant bug perfectly hammering buttons to the beat.

Why should you buy it? Thumper might initially remind you of something a little gentler like Audiosurf as you glide down slick, stylised pathways with electronica in your ears but don't be deceived, this aural extravaganza requires a calm head and pitch perfect twitch reflexes. Initially your giant bug just requires a tap of A as you go over a light panel or perhaps holding a button as you crash around corners but before long you're tapping, flying, crashing down onto the track and causing tidal waves to destroy enormous floating heads... and that's only the beginning. Utterly unforgiving with a soundtrack that you can't pump into you head loud enough, Thumper is a treat for the senses and potentially RSI inducing for your thumbs. 

24. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Genre: Platformer
Price: $59.99 / £49.99

What is it? The best Wii U game ever is now on Switch.

Why should you buy it? If you missed out on Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze the first time around thanks to its Wii U exclusivity - which is entirely plausible - you need to catch up on DK's latest adventures. This is a gem of a 2D platformer that's been remastered for Switch, running at 720p HD in handheld mode and at full 1080p HD on the big screen. Donkey Kong has never looked so good.  You'll be side-scrolling through a variety of stunning levels, and thanks to a wide range of enemies and challenges, it never feels dull. And if you want our advice, it is best played with the soundtrack on full blast. 

23. Bayonetta 2

Bayonetta 2

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Genre: Action
Price: $49.99 / £39.99

What is it? An exhilarating hack ’n’ slash adventure.

Why should you buy it? Originally released as a Wii U exclusive, Bayonetta 2 has now been re-released on Switch, and it means that you now have no excuses not to play it. Although, when the heroine is a witch with magical hair and (literally) killer stilettos, you won’t really need an excuse not to. This Switch release allows you to experience some of the most action-packed, brutal moments from the last decade of gaming wherever you want. Although it’s a shame the resolution is locked to 720p, even on your TV, it doesn’t detract from the fact it’s a better game than it was on Wii U, even if you look at the major frame rate improvements alone. The game looks stunning regardless, and if you’re an action game fan in the slightest you owe it to yourself to play Bayonetta 2. In fact, when you buy Bayonetta 2 you actually go one better, because you get the original game thrown in for free too. Bargain.

22. Golf Story

Golf Story

Genre: Golf RPG (yes really)
Price:
$14.99/£13.49

What is it? It's a brilliant pixel art RPG crossed with a golf sim, with added tongue-in-cheek comedy.

Why should you buy it? Nintendo and Camelot's Game Boy Color take on golfing was a revelation, even for people who hate golf. Mario Golf GBC combined RPG-lite character upgrades and progression with a simple and intuitive arcadey version of golf - and it happened exactly once. Sidebar Games has clearly taken this to heart, and has made its own full-on golfing adventure, complete with eight unique environments, side-quests, and even a story. I don't even like golf and I'm addicted to this.

21. Gris

Gris

Genre: Platformer
Price: $16.99 / £14.49  

What is it? A stunning, watercolour, platformer with a soundtrack that's as smooth as pouring treacle in your ears. 

Why should you buy it? Sometimes you just want something a little bit different, and if you're looking to push the indie boat out, then Gris is one for you. In terms of gameplay, it's a wonderful puzzle / platformer that'll have you trying to restore the world of colour, but aesthetically it's one of the most beautiful games I've ever had the privilege to play. The colour spectrum evolves the more you play, and as you unlock colours and move through the game you'll be introduced to different areas and locales that are just so pretty I can't help but spam the screenshot button. This is a glorious little game that utterly shines on Switch. 

Click on to the next page for the number 20-11 best games on Nintendo Switch!

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